Performing Toxic Masculinity During the January 6th Insurrection

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2022-03-26
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© 2024 eJournal of Public Affairs - Missouri State University
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Kedrowski, Karen
Professor and Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center
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Political Science
The Department of Political Science has been a separate department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (formerly the College of Sciences and Humanities) since 1969 and offers an undergraduate degree (B.A.) in political science, a graduate degree (M.A.) in political science, a joint J.D./M.A. degree with Drake University, an interdisciplinary degree in cyber security, and a graduate Certificate of Public Management (CPM). In addition, it provides an array of service courses for students in other majors and other colleges to satisfy general education requirements in the area of the social sciences.
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This article examines the events of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol through the theoretical lens of toxic masculinity. While toxic masculinity was not the sole cause of the attack, it does explain many of the day’s events, including the large percentage of men in the mob, their militaristic dress and demeanor, and the targeting of constitutional officers. Moreover, the author argues that the concepts of democracy, liberty, and the peaceful transfer of power are gendered female, further explaining the violence fueled by the myths behind toxic masculinity.
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This article is published as Kedrowski, K.M., Performing Toxic Masculinity During the January 6th Insurrection. Ejournal of Public Affairs. 2022,11(1); https://www.ejournalofpublicaffairs.org/performing-toxic-masculinity-during-the-january-6th-insurrection/. Posted with permission.
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